You could see where the mites had started feeding next to the sidewalk and continued to feed almost in a block-like pattern further into the lawn. The area near the sidewalk was fully exposed to the winter sun and was slightly higher than the sidewalk creating an area that dried out during late fall and winter. This is exactly what these winter-feeding mites like, dry hot turf.
|Note the stippling on the leaf blade |
caused by the feeding activity of the mites.
|Note the purpling due to lack of adequate|
nutrient movement to the tip of the blade.